An estimated 1,200 people, including Loyola Marymount University faculty, staff and students, neighbors from the Westchester community and local dignitaries, gathered for the annual Christmas tree lighting on campus.
University President Robert B. Lawton, S.J., blessed the Christmas tree. The LMU lion mascot, Iggy, dressed as Santa and got everyone in the holiday spirit. The crowd was also treated to Christmas carols sung by the LMU Sacred Heart Choir. Hot apple cider, hot cocoa and cookies were served and horse-drawn carriage rides were available.
This year, Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University set up a portable ice skating rink on campus to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The ice rink was set up on Regent’s Terrace, in the center of campus, and was open for three days. “[The students] that have tried it out have thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” said Shannon Taylor, assistant director of Student Leadership and Development at LMU.
The 20-foot-tall Christmas tree will be on display through Dec. 21. Posted Dec. 7, 2009